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USCIS Apply Changes to Assist Prospective Adoptive Parents
August 6, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) now permitting prospective adoptive parents to receive one nocharge extension of the approved Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition (Form I600A) if they have not already submitted a petition (Form I600) to classify an orphan as an immediate relative. It is known that the USCIS on July 30, 2007 implemented several changes benefiting prospective adoptive parents who experience delays finalizing their adoptions.
Update on Service Center and Lockbox Receipting
August 3, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it has experienced great increase in the number of applications filed, which has resulted in a front log of cases awaiting dataentry. It said that it was making every effort to address the delay and will prioritize data entry for specific formtypes.
USCIS reaches H2B cap for first half of fiscal year 2007
December 06, 2006
USCIS has announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H2B cap for the first six months of Fiscal Year 2007.
Reminder for H2B Employers Seeking Returning Workers
August 02, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today reminded employers who use the H2B nonimmigrant visa program to fill their temporary labor workforce needs that the “returning worker” provisions initially enacted in the “Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2005” (“SOS Act”) expire on September 30, 2007. The “returning worker” provisions exempt from the annual H2B fiscal year cap those aliens who were counted toward the H2B numerical limit during any one of the three fiscal years preceding the fiscal year of the requested employment start date.
USCIS Informs Public about Fee Increase for Electronic Filings
July 30, 2007
The USCIS reminded the public that all filings submitted on or after July 30, 2007 via the electronic filing system must be submitted with payment of the new fees.
USCIS Applies New Application and Petition Fee Schedule Today
July 30, 2007
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds the public that its new fee schedule is effective today, July 30, 2007. Applications or petitions postmarked or otherwise filed on or after today must include the new fee. USCIS will reject applications or petitions containing an incorrect fee.
Final Reminder to Hondurans and Nicaraguans Eligible for Temporary Protected Status
July 27, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today reminded Hondurans and Nicaraguans eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to file a reregistration application for TPS by the closing date of July 30, 2007 which is just four days away from now. There are about 78,000 Hondurans and 4,000 Nicaraguans who may be eligible for TPS Reregistration and failure to file a TPS reregistration application by July 30, will result in the withdrawal of TPS benefits, including employment authorization and protection from removal from the United States.
USCIS Retracts Its Update Regarding the Discontinuance of “Prepaid Mailers”
July 27, 2007
The USCIS is retracting its recent “USCIS Update” regarding the discontinuance of “prepaid mailers” for issuing notices and documents, dated July 23, 2007. Prior to the July 23rd announcement, USCIS allowed the public to enclose “prepaid mailers” in connection with applications or petitions filed with USCIS. A prepaid mailer is essentially a selfaddressed envelope, where postage is paid by the addressee, that USCIS may use for mailing a document to the petitioner/applicant or their authorized representative.
Extension of Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing Service for Form I140 Immigrant Alien Worker Petitions
July 24, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have announced that it would extend the temporary suspension of Premium Processing Service for Form I140, Immigrant Alien Worker Petitions, which was previously announced on June 27, 2007 and became effective on July 2, 2007. USCIS expects that the volume of Form I140 petitions filed that request Premium Process Service will continue to surpass USCIS’ capacity to provide the Premium Process Service according to the Premium Process Service program guidelines.
USCIS Discontinues Use of Prepaid Mailers to Issue Notices and Documents
July 23, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has advised the public that as of July 30, 2007, USCIS’ Service Centers will only accept “prepaid mailers” for Refugee Travel documents and Reentry Permits given their high rate of expedited handling. USCIS has, for some time, allowed the public to enclose “prepaid mailers” in connection with applications or petitions filed with USCIS.

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